By Alexey Sukachev
The first ever international Prizefighter tournament among heavyweights took place at the Alexandra Palace in London, England.
Ismaikel "Mike" Perez (16-0, 12 KOs) showed he can be a heavyweight force to be reckon with in the nearest future. It took the stocky-built banger just 42 seconds to completely wipe out big strong American Tye Fields (47-4, 42 KOs) in the final of the first ever international Prizefighter. The Cuban runaway, who is constantly based in Cork, Ireland, just ran into Fields and shook him with his trademark overhand right swing. Fields was forced into the ropes and started eating big thudding blows by the former Cuban amateur championship's runner-up (2007). He soon became defenseless prompting referee Howard Foster Jr. to get in and stop the contest to save Fields from further punishment. Interestingly, it wasn't the first time where Perez had more than one professional bout in just a day. Approximately a year ago, the Cuban fighter scored two consecutive knockouts over Czech Tomas Mrazek and Latvian Edgars Kalnars - also on the same card in Ireland.
In the first semi-final, Irish Cubano Mike Perez (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a devastating first-round TKO over hard-hitting Frenchman Gregory Tony (15-2, 12 KOs). Tony was floored immediately after the starters following a fast combination of the Cuban fighter. He has also injured his left hand during the fall. Perez went right after him and Tony was down twice more - not by the punches but because of the pain in the hand of the Frenchman. After the third fall (approximately at 0:42 of the opening stanza) referee Terry O'Connor waved the fight off. Perez advanced to the finals.
Giant Tye Fields (now 47-3, 42 KOs) advanced to the finals in even more thunderous way finishing off German banger Konstantin Airich (18-5-2, 14 KOs) with a single left uppercut to the liver. Airich was pressing action before that but crumbled down on the canvas in severe pain after just a single punch by Fields. Time of stoppage was 1:14.
In possibly the most appealing quarterfinal of the tournament, British veteran (and the latest Prizefighter winner) Michael Sprott collided with giant American puncher Tye Fields and failed to come out as a winner, disappointing the local crowd with an outcome but not with the flow of the fight. Both contestants promptly turned the fight into a brawl. Sprott (36-16, 17 KOs) was faster, but Fields was more powerful albeit too wide with his punches. Both Fields (46-3, 41 KOs) and Sprott produced a tremendous second round with both fighters being repeatedly hurt, but it was the British fighter who was wobbled at the end. In the third, Sprott gave his all in the third but it wasn't enough to stop Fields in his tracks even though the British fighter ended the fight stronger. Scores were 28-29 (Sprott) and 29-28 - twice for Fields. BoxingScene had it also for the American fighter with the identical scorecard.
In the third and quite possibly the most obscure quarterfinal of the tournament, German banger Konstantin Airich (18-4-2, 14 KOs) started in frenetic pace and finally put unheralded and untested Romanian Lucian Bot (14-1-1, 5 KOs) down on a fusilade of punches to get a 10-8 round in the opener. Airich continued to dominate the fight in the second round and he was also more consistent in the third, though Bot also had some slight chances. Scores were 30-27 (twice) and 29-28 - for Airich. BoxingScene had it 30-26 - for the German.
In the first quarterfinal, Ireland-based Cuban runaway Ismaikel "Mike" Perez (14-0, 10 KOs) easily dominated unstable and glass-chinned Kertson Manswell (20-2, 15 KOs) to a wide unanimous decision on all the judges' scorecards. Smaller but more powerful Cuban fugitive landed a hard overhand right swing to start problems for the Trinidadian heavyweight in the opening stanza. He floored him down with a right hand in the same round but Manswell had some chances with his counter left in the second. He tagged Perez solidly with a big uppercut after being shot himself with a left hook. However, the third round was well in Cuban's favour. All three judges saw it 30-25 - for Perez, who looks to be a favorite in this tournament.
French national champion Gregory Tony (15-1, 12 KOs) was very lucky to get a split nod over the giant (6'9'') Russian "Molecule from Hell" Evgueny Orlov (13-9-1, 8 KOs), a late addition to the competition instead of American Kevin Johnson. Orlov willingly engaged into action and tried to hunt smaller Tony down. He was fairly successful in doing so connecting several times with looping swings but way too slow to get a room for his wide, killing hooks and crosses. He did land some telling blows however, and he also dominated the action with his overwhelming activity while Tony was a sharper fighter of the two. After three heated rounds, there was a full variety of scoring spectrim. Official judges saw it 30-27 (Tony), 29-28 (Tony) and 28-29 (Orlov). BoxingScene had the same score with the latter judge, while Sky Sports' Glenn Mcrory saw it as a shutout (30-27) - for the Russian.